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State Arts Agency Fiscal Year 2015 Legislative Appropriations Preview

NASAA is pleased to announce the release of the State Arts Agency Fiscal Year 2015 Legislative Appropriations Preview report. This document summarizes how state arts agencies fared during this year's budget deliberations and includes information on the appropriations each state arts agency expects to receive for FY2015.

Member Spotlight on the Arts & Science Council

During the months of July and August, GIA’s photo banner features artists and projects supported by Arts & Science Council (ASC) of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina.

Culture connects people and strengthens communities. With the public and private sectors investing more than a billion dollars in arts, science, history and heritage since 1977, cultural development has played a significant role in the growth, globalization and long-term economic prosperity of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community and the work of the Arts & Science Council (ASC).
Retiring GIA Board Member Judi Jennings Feted in the Louisville Courier Journal

"Changing the course of conversations has been at the heart of Jennings' work at the foundation and her career with philanthropic organizations.Over that career, she has become widely known in arts and social justice circles for focusing conversations on the power of art in empowering women and disenfranchised populations.

Register for the GIA 2014 Conference in Houston

GIA members and other grantmakers can now register for the GIA 2014 Conference online! As planning for the 2014 Conference in Houston continues, the conference website will hold complete and detailed information on the schedule, plenary speakers, and special events happening on the conference dates of Sunday, October 12-15. Details of eligibility and online registration are there, as well. See it all at conference.giarts.org.

Arts Midwest Releases a Major Case Study on ArtsLab

Arts Midwest has released Capacity building and resilience: What participants learned through ArtsLab featuring a summary essay and profiles of eight organizations participating in the program that provides key insights on leadership development and takeaways for grantmakers that inform both the field of organizational development, as well as the larger field of arts and culture.

Rebecca Blunk, Former Executive Director of NEFA, 1954-2014

Rebecca Blunk Of Brookline and Provincetown, died on June 22, 2014, at the age of 60. She was the beloved spouse of Marcie Hershman for 27 years. Born in Kansas to Robert and Katherine Blunk, sister to Scott and Judd, she moved to Boston in 1985 to be the director of performing arts for the New England Foundation for the Arts; in 2004, she became NEFAs Executive Director and for the past ten years worked regionally, nationally and internationally; accomplishments include the National Dance Project, Native Arts programs, National Theater Project, and Center Stage.

Report Says Seattle Is The Most Generous City

From Patrick Sullivan, at The NonProfit Times:

The people of Seattle gave more online per 1,000 residents in 2013 than residents of any other city, at a rate of $53,542 per 1,000 residents. Residents generated $33.2 million from 201,502 donations. Those are some results from the Most Generous Online Cities 2013 report, produced by Charleston, S.C. software firm Blackbaud.
An Historic Day for the Arts in California

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has signed a state budget that includes a one-time $5 million increase in general fund support for the California Arts Council. This is the first time in over ten years the arts have seen an increase of general fund monies, after support for the Arts Council was cut by 94% in 2003.

Sandy Spieler named 2014 McKnight Distinguished Artist

The McKnight Foundation has named Minnesota visual artist, performer, designer, director, and teacher Sandy Spieler as the 2014 McKnight Distinguished Artist, in recognition of artistic excellence spanning four decades. Now in its 17th year, the annual honor includes a $50,000 cash award and recognizes individual Minnesota artists who have made significant contributions to the quality of the state’s cultural life.

Los Angeles Mayor Nominates Danielle Brazell as General Manager of the Department of Cultural Affairs

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti has nominated Danielle Brazell as General Manager of the Department of Cultural Affairs. Brazell has led Arts for LA since 2006, transitioning it from an ad-hoc steering committee composed of local executive arts leadership to a highly visible arts advocacy organization serving the greater Los Angeles region. Brazell’s nomination is subject to confirmation by the City Council.